An interview with Catherine
What is the difference between talking to a therapist and talking to a friend?
When you talk to a friend, they offer you a shoulder to cry on then give you their opinion on the subject. They may offer you advice or be on your side and agree with everything that you say. With counselling, you have somewhere where you can feel completely safe to talk about how you’re feeling. Somewhere that no matter what you talk about, you know that you won’t be judged, condemned, pitied or ridiculed. I won’t act like your mother, your friend, your boss or your employee. I will help you to work through your emotions and feelings in a safe and controlled way.
What if I say something wrong or sound silly?
When you talk about how you are feeling, there is no wrong. It’s about how you feel and how you see your life being affected by those feelings. You will talk about what you are ready to talk about and as time goes on, you can open up to your feelings. Counselling is not a quick fix but it does give you the opportunity to explore where those feelings come from.
Do you give me the answers?
No, you will find your own answers or ways of dealing with your feelings as you go through. You need to find your own way forward in order to gain the benefit from therapy. Other people can’t tell you how to feel better within yourself.
Can you guarantee to make me feel better?
There are no guarantees within therapy. I am there to help you through whatever the problem is and to find your own way forward. I use a variety of tools to help you focus on your own feelings and sometimes you may feel like it’s just too hard to go there, but within the safety of Counselling, we can work through together and when the time is right, move on through your problems and find your own solutions.
What’s the difference between Counselling and Hypnotherapy?
Counselling works with the conscious mind – the part of your mind that you are aware of. Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind – the part of your mind that is hidden away but has great influence over how you feel, think and react to things.
Do you take complete control of my mind?
No. This is a myth that is created by film makers and those who use it for entertainment. You remain in complete control and a Clinical Hypnotherapist will not ask you to do anything that you wouldn’t normally feel comfortable doing. Your subconscious mind will only accept suggestions that are right for you.
Can everyone be hypnotized?
Not everyone is comfortable at letting go to that level of relaxation. There are very few people who can’t be hypnotized to any degree but if people feel that it won’t work for them, then it’s usually because they don’t like the idea of losing control. I will always talk through hypnosis with my clients and work around their feelings and concerns to give the optimum effect of using hypnosis.
What if I don’t like the effect of feeling that relaxed?
You remain in complete control at all times. If you want to, you can simply open your eyes. Most people enjoy the feeling of relaxation and therefore don’t need to. Often, knowing that you have that level of control is enough to allow you to relax?
Why would I choose Hypnotherapy over Counselling?
Hypnotherapy works by making changes within the subconscious mind. It can help to find and remove blocks, rewire old habits, change old negative ways of thinking for new positive ones and build confidence in your own ability to succeed. Counselling helps you to explore your thoughts and feelings and work through them to find your own solutions.
Is it right for everyone?
No, not always. Sometime it’s better to talk through how you’re feeling.
How will I know what’s right for me?
If you’re not sure, then we’ll have a chat and work out the best solution for you.
What if I change my mind half way through?
No problem, we can adapt your treatment plan to suit your individual needs
And if I’m still not sure?
If you have any questions about either the type of therapy that you feel you need or about any other aspect of how I work, please contact me and we can have a chat and see how we can work together.